Bye Preserve

Pound Ridge, Westchester County, NY

26 acres


Located in the southeastern corner of Pound Ridge near the Connecticut border. From the intersection of Route 172 and Route 137, go south on Route 137. The preserve is on the east side of High Ridge Road, across from the golf course.


This is a small area and a rocky one (with some interesting quartz outcrops). The rock outcrops make it an especially interesting short walk. There are a lot of streams coming out from the bases of the rock outcrops.


Owned by the Nature Conservancy. Mr. and Mrs. George Bye gave the property to TNC in 1972, via the Bye and Bye Foundation, Inc.


Deciduous forests and wetlands. Preserve crisscrossed with old stone walls and remnants of old pastures. Well defined trail in place. There is a white pine grove and a hemlock grove.


White trail goes northeast then southeast to the southeastern corner of the preserve and then heads southwest into a small loop. Head back on the same trail that you came in on.

There is one short trail; the white trail. The walker descends downhill into a small circular area; hence, a circular walk once crossing the stream into the circular area.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
Dates are when plants found in bloom.

Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (spotted wintergreen)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Forsythia sp. (forsythia ) 4/25/01
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape vine)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Allium tricoccum (wild leek)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Erythronium americanum (trout lily) 4/25/01
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Narcissus sp. (daffodils) 4/25/01
Panax trifolius (dwarf ginseng)
Polygonatum sp. (true Solomon's seal)
Ranunculus ficaria (lesser celandine) 4/25/01
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Trillium erectum (red trillium)
Veratrum viride (swamp hellebore)
Viola sp. (white violet)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge) 4/25/01
Carex laxiflora type (sedge)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Lycopodium (shining club moss)
Cystopteris fragilis (fragile fern?)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Polypodium sp. (rock cap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)